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Bradley C. Wright
Attorney
Brad Wright concentrates on prosecution, litigation and counseling in patent and copyright matters, especially in the electrical and computer areas, including Internet and e-commerce. He has drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications in such technologies as computer hardware and software, cable TV systems, electrical devices, facsimile systems, neural networks, smart cards, Internet applications, operating systems, computer games, business methods, mobile telephones, and video processing techniques. In 2010, two patents drafted by Mr. Wright were successfully asserted in litigation, resulting in a $200 million settlement.

Brad has also won several appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. He represents clients in district court litigation including patent, copyright and trademark matters. He has also successfully argued and briefed appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has also provided clients with infringement, validity and patentability opinions in numerous different technical areas. Additionally, Brad is experienced with protecting inventions overseas under patent treaties and conventions.

Mr. Wright is a former law clerk to the Honorable William C. Bryson of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which hears all patent appeals in the United States. He earned his electrical engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his law degree, with distinction, from George Mason University, where he graduated as the top student in the Patent Law Track and was a member of the Law Review. After earning his electrical engineering degree, Brad worked as an electrical engineer and software engineering manager for E-Systems, which is now part of Raytheon Corp. In that position, Brad developed novel algorithms relating to signal intelligence and specialized hardware, and worked on database projects including an object-oriented database.

Mr. Wright is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is admitted to the bars of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars. Brad is also active in the American Intellectual Property Law Association, where he co-chaired the Software Patent Subcommittee of the Emerging Technologies Committee. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Bar Association, where he chaired subcommittees relating to business method patents, patent litigation, and multimedia and interactive technology. Additionally, Brad has been an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University School of Law, where he has taught copyright and patent law.

Mr. Wright was the President of the Patent Lawyers Club of Washington. He has published numerous articles and has given speeches before various organizations regarding intellectual property law.

Mr. Wright served as Editor-in-Chief and a chapter author of Drafting Patents for Litigation and Licensing, published by BNA Books in 2008. This book, the first of its kind, was written to help patent practitioners draft the broadest possible patent that can sustain a validity challenge by synthesizing and applying lessons from the case law.

Mr. Wright has earned an AV Preeminent® peer review rating and was selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law. Mr. Wright was also selected to the Washington D.C. Super Lawyers list, and was named one of the World's Leading IP Strategists by Intellectual Asset Management magazine. He is listed as a leader in intellectual property law in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Wright practices in the Washington, DC office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

Sample Articles and Publications

"Functional Claiming," presented at the 2014 9th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute (January 23-24, 2014)

"Developments in Patent Law 2013," presented at The D.C. Bar's 2013 IP Law Year in Review Series (December 11, 2013)

"Patent Developments for IT Practitioners," presented at the 2012 Virginia Information Technology Legal Institute (September 28, 2012)

"Developments in Patent Law," presented at John Marshall Law School's 56th Anniversary Conference on Developments in Intellectual Property Law (February 24, 2012)

"Developments in Patent Law 2011," presented at The D.C. Bar's 2011 IP Law Year in Review Series (December 13, 2012)

"Patent Developments for IT Practitioners," presented at the 2011 Virginia Information Technology Legal Institute (September 23, 2011)

"Drafting Patents for Litigation and Licensing, with 2011 Cumulative Supplement," BNA and ABA-IPL (August 1, 2011)

"Functional Claiming and Functional Disclosure," Banner & Witcoff IP UPDATE (Spring/Summer 2011)

“Developments in Patent Law 2010,” presented at The D.C. Bar’s 2010 IP Law Year in Review Series (December 15, 2010)

"Patent Developments for IT Practitioners", presented at the 2010 Virginia Information Technology Legal Institute (October 8, 2010)

“Supreme Court Eases Test for Patentability in Bilski v. Kappos,” Intellectual Property Advisory (June 28, 2010)

“Recent Developments in IP Law”, presented at John Marshall Law School's 54th Annual Conference on Developments in Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets Law (February 26, 2010)

“Developments in Patent Law 2009,” presented at The D.C. Bar’s 2009 IP Law Year in Review Series (December 18, 2009)

“Supreme Court Hears Argument in Bilski Case,” Intellectual Property Advisory (November 9, 2009)

“Supreme Court Grants Cert in Bilski Case,” Banner & Witcoff IP UPDATE (November 1, 2009)

“Federal Circuit Issues Split Decisions on PTO Continuation Rules,” Banner & Witcoff IP UPDATE (Spring/Summer 2009)

“Developments in Patent Law,” presented at The D.C. Bar Program on Developments in Intellectual Property Law (December 2008)

“End of the Road for E-Commerce Patents?,” E-Commerce Times (May 2008)

“Patents Under Attack,” Executive Counsel (June 2008)

“Federal Circuit May Clamp Down on Process Patents,” Intellectual Property Advisory (May 8, 2008).

Recent Speaking Engagements

"Patent Developments for IT Practitioners," 2012 Virginia Information Technology Legal Institute, Falls Church, VA, September 28, 2012.

"Recent Developments in Patent Law," John Marshall Law School's 56th Intellectual Property Law Conference, Chicago, IL, February 24, 2012.

“The Corporate Response to New Legislation: Changes in Portfolio Development and Patent Defense Strategies,” 2012 Advanced Patent Law Institute at the USPTO, Alexandria, VA, January 19, 2012.

"The New Patent Law and More," DC Bar's IP Year in Review Series, Washington, DC, December 13, 2011.

"IP Basic Training Series: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights," D.C. Bar Conference Center, Washington, DC, October 18, 2011.

"Patent Developments for IT Practitioners," 2011 Virginia Information Technology Legal Institute, Falls Church, VA, September 23, 2011.

"Recent Developments in Patent Law," John Marshall Law School's 55th Intellectual Property Law Conference, Chicago, IL, February 25, 2011.

"Functional Claiming and Functional Disclosure," University of Texas at Austin, School of Law's 6th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, Alexandria, VA, January 21, 2011.

“Recent Developments in Patent Law,” D.C. Bar’s 2010 IP Year in Review Series, Washington, DC, December 15, 2010.

"Patent Developments for IT Practitioners," 2010 Virginia Information Technology Legal Institute, Falls Church, VA, October 8, 2010.

“Patentable Subject Matter After Bilski,” BNA Webinar, July 8, 2010.

“The Use of Opinion of Counsel as Evidence in Patent Litigation,” ABA IPL Section's 25th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, Arlington, VA, April 9, 2010.

“Recent Developments in IP Law,” John Marshall Law School's 54th Annual Conference on Developments in Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets Law, Chicago, IL, February 26, 2010.

“Recent Developments in Patent Law,” D.C. Bar’s 2009 IP Year in Review Series, Washington, DC, December 17, 2009.

“Developments in Patent Law, 2008,” D.C. Bar’s 2008 IP Year in Review Series Part II, Washington, DC, December 10, 2008.

“New Practical Patent Strategies,” Virginia Information Technology Center, Waterford, VA, September 26, 2008.

Office
1100 13th Street, NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005-4051
T 202.824.3000
F 202.824.3001
Education
B.S.E.E. 1984, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
J.D. 1994, George Mason University
Bar Admissions
1994, Virginia
1995, District of Columbia
Court Admissions
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Supreme Court
 
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